Eat me Drink me CottageBook

Lymington, Hampshire

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  • 8 + 3 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

This retro and vintage holiday cottage in East End near Lymington is great fun.  Families who love all things theatrical, dressing up, vintage, pattern, and treasure troves on shelves will feel very at home.

It is higgledy-piggledy. Not one wall is straight. Not one bit is minimalist. The house is 350 years old and looks like it. It is hugely eccentric and therefore not for everyone. In places it’s vintage-ness lends to shabby-and-chic. But if you love mixing and matching, want to play a wonderful Beckstein piano and love red roses and honeysuckle running away over the thatch – this is your place.

The beach is a short bike-ride and walk 1 km away. Here you’ll find shingle, some sand, muddy banks for birds, streams and tyre swings.

Eat me Drink me is a family house. It’s lived in by the owners and their four busy kids for much of the year and so it’s definitely the lived-in-look. We take over the house before rental periods and do ‘a full service’ but there will be some scratches and bumps that we wont’ be able to iron out; scratches in the bath, rust on the odd tap, weedier than we’d like garden etc – but it is charming and if you like vintage or adventure – you’d be mad to miss it.

The cottage is part of the Pylewell Estate, which, according to The Guardian, is one of Britain’s Top 10 summer festivals – Curious Arts Festival – set apart from other festivals from it’s happy embrace of British eccentricity, style and fun.

Owners Peter (concert pianist) and Victoria (owner of Elfie London) use this house through the year. Their enthusiasm for colour, quirky vintage, theatre and music fills the house. The dressing up box here is comprehensive (wizards, lizards, princesses, pigs, pirates etc) and so is the kit to host (un-matched) plates for kitchen suppers.

Downstairs; a cadmium yellow kitchen with long table. Plenty of cupboards and kit for cooking, messy baking sessions and birthday parties.
Shower room (a bit rough around the edges) off on one side. A sitting room that wears bold wallpaper, oil paintings and a wall of books.. Then a red play room/kids sitting room with TV and knee-deep in kids kit. There are two further bedrooms downstairs that are newly painted and a shower room.

Upstairs; The main bedroom has a mahogany sleigh double bed. Along the corridor, a white and quirky bathroom, and just past that, a kids bedroom with twin beds and a small wooden bed for smalls (prob 5’s and under).


This place is kids heaven. The garden is fenced (this is not toddler-proof – the part they could escape through goes into a large meadow) and there is an olympic sized trampoline with a net. Adventurous kids can camp in the garden too. More stuff for kids; Masses of dolls prams, kitchen toys, castles and knights, Lego, swords, Barbies and a comprehensive library of loved and lived-in kids books.

We provide 2 cots and 1 high chair.

Best for…

This house best suits guests who bring their pet goose (yes really), who have lots of dogs, whose kids need to go wild…

For those of your interested Eat Me Drink Me Cottage has its owns Instagram page, right here 

Best for equines! We love bringing our ponies here. You can stable or graze your horses at the bottom of the track (30 seconds walk).

What are the quirks here?

The trampoline net zip is broken and not likely to be replaced soon. We can lock kids out if you’d rather they didn’t bounce with the zip broken. Let us know and we’ll sort it for you.

The lane to the beach is quiet and our kids (6-9) cycle on it, but do keep a watch on them. The beach can be muddy. It’s sandier to the right.


Downstairs the house has no steps up or down. The stairs are slightly steeper than in modern houses and wooden. Upstairs floors are uneven in places.

There is a step up to one of the downstairs bedrooms.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

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What makes this special...

Pack a picnic and go to Tanners Lane Beach for the day – a 1km flat-ish walk down a quiet lane. Set up for the day and explore, Swallows and Amazons style along the foreshore.Here you’ll find shingle, some sand, muddy banks for birds, streams and tyre swings. The locals swim from here in summer, when tides are gentle.



The Nitty Gritty...


  • Bedroom 1 : Double sleigh bed
  • Bedroom 2 : Double bed (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 3 : Twin with small infants bed (under 5)
  • Bedroom 4 : Bunkbeds (downstairs) and extra day bed.
  • Floorplan : Click to view


  • One : Shower room (downstairs)
  • Two : Family bathroom
  • Three : Family bathroom with shower just off it.

All the rest...

  • Garden : Enclosed both to the front and to the rear of the property, the garden is rambling and fairly wild.
  • Kitchen : Electric oven + hob / Fridge freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : 15″ TV with Freeview TV (not the clearest quality TV), Roberts radio in the kitchen.
  • Keeping Connected : Free WiFi and mobile signal is patchy inside but good outside.
  • Parking : One car right outside and another by the front gate
  • Pets : Pets are welcome (Stabling available a 5 minute walk away)
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrivals from 3.30pm and departures at 10am

What we love

It’s a 5 min walk to the (excellent) East End Arms pub. There are usually donkeys, ponies and cattle on the lane or by the pub too.

Lymington has fantastic Saturday foodie markets for picnics.

The Curious Arts Festival is on the Pylewell Estate, each summer. Whilst the house is not rented to guests during this time (our others places will be) we STRONGLY suggest that you let your eccentric side loose and join in. Visit their site here. 

Don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Eat me Drink me Cottage

  • The Eat Me Drink Me Cottage has the appearance and features of a fairy-tale house, as it's name suggests. The Gingerbread House maybe, or the home of The Three Bears. For a holiday for three generations of our family it worked perfectly. The topsy-turvy, lived in look made homely and welcoming, especially as we had four children under eight, including one lively toddler. It was full of toys and books and mismatched pottery which made meal times around the large kitchen table all the more enjoyable. The huge garden with it's super-sized swing and trampoline was perfect for the children especially as it bordered a field full of sheep much to the delight of our London living grandchildren. The bedrooms were large, and comfortable, and suited our family perfectly. It was a lovely walk to the nearby beach, which has pretty views of the Isle of Wight, and shallow water, safe for the children to play and swim in. Next time we may try and find a little boat to tootle around in! The nearest town of Lymington has a wonderful diverse and colourful Saturday market, as well as restaurants and pubs where our sons and their wives celebrated a special anniversary. Lymington is also home to one of the biggest sea-water lidos in Europe. It's historic features, which date back to Victorian times, allowed plenty space for the inflatable slides and rides enjoyed by our children and grandchildren. On a slightly rainy and blustery day, we took the ferry from nearby Milford on Sea to Hurst Castle, another historic site worth exploring which also works for all ages. The castle was build as an artillery fort by Henry VIII, and was later used to imprison Charles I before his execution, later becoming part of Britain's network of coastal defences during World War I. All of which made it a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. The castle also sells delicious cakes! We had a wonderful break at the East Me Drink Me Cottage and next time we will stay longer than a weekend! Angela from Reigate
  • Great child-friendly hideaway, comfortable and very relaxed with the perfect garden for playing and exploring. The nursery is a huge bonus and there's plenty to keep little people entertained so as parents we actually got a rest! Loved the higgledy piggledy feel of the cottage, very cosy and friendly. Alice from London
  • The house was definitely super colourful, the lime green hallway is amazing. The description that it is shabby-and-chic is right. We loved it. It was nice to stay somewhere which wasn't precious and the kids had a ball with all the toys. My mother in law would hate it. Good job she wasn't there! Alice Stone. Reading.

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